2010 calendar unveiled
|By Jamie O'Leary||Tuesday, November 10th 2009, 10:06 GMT|
Next year's MotoGP World Championship will feature an expanded 18-race schedule, according to the provisional calendar issued by motorcycle racing's governing body, the FIM.
Silverstone's return to the series for the first time since the 1980s, will happen on June 20, the British Grand Prix taking place a month earlier than normal, and effectively swapping place with the Barcelona race, which moves back to July.
The 18th race will be held at the Balatonring circuit in Hungary. A grand prix was originally scheduled for this season, but was dropped as the circuit was not completed in time.
As usual, the season-opening Qatar Grand Prix will take place at night and the Dutch TT will be held on its traditional Saturday in June.
Should any of the races fail to go ahead, the new Motorland Aragon circuit in Spain will step in to the breach.
April 11 * Qatar Doha/Losail April 25 Japan Motegi May 2 Spain Jerez de la Frontera May 23 France Le Mans June 6 Italy Mugello June 20 Great Britain Silverstone June 26 ** Netherlands Assen July 4 Catalunya Catalunya July 18 Germany Sachsenring July 25 *** United States Laguna Seca August 22 Czech Rep. Brno August 29 Indianapolis Indianapolis September 5 San Marino Misano September 19 Hungary Balatonring October 10 Malaysia Sepang October 17 Australia Phillip Island October 31 Portugal Estoril November 7 Valencia Ricardo Tormo - Valencia * Evening Race ** Saturday *** Only MotoGP class